A writ petition to prevent the Madhya Pradesh government from holding the Global Investor’s Summit (GIS) in Indore was moved before the MP high court on Friday. The petition will be heard on Monday.
City-based social activist Tapan Bhattacharya moved the petition alleging that the state government is favouring industries at the cost of thousands of acres of agricultural land on which lakhs of farmers are dependent.
The activist urged the court to direct the state to cancel the summit, cancel land allotment to Patanjali, Micromax, Ambanis and others which is done against the provisions of Article 14 (equality before law), and not to acquire any agricultural land from farmers.
The petition termed the state government’s decision to hold a GIS as arbitrary, unconstitutional, unreasonable and malafide.
Quoting a Hindi news daily, Bhattacharya said, “The state government had organised several investor summits, had spent over Rs 100 crore to woo investors, and allocated about 71,000 acres of land to industrialists, but only 12 industries were set up.”
“In GIS 2014, the government has signed agreements with over 245 companies to set up their industries, but no industry has come up till date,” Bhattacharya said.
Petitioner’s counsel, senior advocate Anand Mohan Mathur said, “The state was affected by drought in 2015-16, and a number of farmers have committed suicide and many have moved out of state to seek other employment.”
“If the state goes on converting agricultural land for industrial use, the fundamental right of farmers under Article 21 of the Constitution, which guarantees Right to Livelihood, will be violated. The state shall endeavour to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern scientific lines under Article 48. But policies of the government are violating these provisions,” the senior counsel said.
The investors who are invited for GIS are already heavily indebted The petition mentioned that some of the companies invited for the summit are heavily indebted to public sector banks.
“Reliance group has a bank loan of Rs 1.25 lakh crore; Vendanta group standing on a loan amount of Rs 1.03 lakh crore; Essar group – Rs 1.01 lakh crore; Adani group – Rs 96,031 crore; JP group – Rs 75,163 crore and so on,” the petition read.
CIVIC BODY RACES AGAINST TIME FOR GRAND GIS OPENING
Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) officials are working round-the-clock to build an effective management system so as to impress hundreds of industrialists who are expected the attend the Global investors Summit on October 22 and 23 in the city.
More than 2,000 delegates from across the world are expected to visit the summit. The district administration has started preparations for erecting a 5,000 sq meter dome to exhibit industrial products and promote the government’s ‘Make in MP’ agenda.
To ensure an effective parking management, an area of approximately 90,000 sq meters is cleared to accommodate more than 4,000 cars and two-wheelers. A temporary wall is being constructed to cover the entire area where the exhibition is expected to be held.
IMC spends over Rs 3 cr on beautification
In the wake of Global Investors’ Summit, the Indore Municipal Corporation has started anti-encroachment drives in prominent areas of city where delegates are expected to visit.
IMC staff have been issued deadlines to clean the area, paint footpaths and road markings by Saturday. A team of IMC officials carried out inspection and found many encroachments by the roadside.
According to additional commissioner Devendra Singh, three to four removal teams have been dispatched to inspect different areas of Indore. The directives include removal of pushcarts and small kiosks alongside the road between Airport and Radisson hotel and other key areas.
IMC had performed the same drill a couple of days ago, but failed as the reports of re-encroachments surfaced again.
“Our teams are removing encroachments in the green belts near Bypass where small shops blocking the roads,” Singh said.
The area near Indore Airport, Super Corridor and MR-10 are also parts of the beautification drive. The corporation is spending Rs 3 crore on beautification of Super Corridor, construction of dividers, painting grills and railings on VIP routes, constructing a boundary wall near Bapat square, putting up sign boards and markings.